Woods scrapes into third round

European Tour

Tiger Woods picked up a birdie at the 18th to ensure he qualified for the third round of the Open Championship after carding second round 77 on Friday.

The former world number dropped three strokes over the first two holes and carded a triple bogey 7 on the 17th to put his qualification for the final two rounds at Hoylake in doubt.

The 14-time major winner then produced a delicate chip over the green-side bunker, before rolling in a seven-footer for birdie.

He ended his 36-hole score on two-over par 146.

“I got myself in good positions to make birdies but didn’t make them,” Woods told reporters after his round.

Although he is some way off the lead at the half-way stage at Royal Liverpool, the 38-year-old refused to rule himself completely out of contention.

“It all depends on the weather,” he added.

After gusting but sunny day, heavy rain is expected for Saturday’s third round.

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